Disney Licenses X-Files, Bones and More in Multi-Series Deal With Channel 4

The streaming giant has recently reached a multi-show agreement with Channel 4, a UK broadcaster, which will feature popular series such as The X-Files.

Disney has successfully negotiated a significant multi-show deal with Channel 4, a prominent UK network, for its streaming services. As part of the agreement, Channel 4's online streaming platform, known as Channel 4, has been expanding its offerings and introducing a subscription video-on-demand model (SVoD). Starting this month, viewers can enjoy a selection of 10 Disney series on the Channel 4 platform, including beloved classics like The X-Files. The extensive deal between Disney and Channel 4 encompasses the following shows: The X-Files (seasons 1-11), Bones (seasons 1-12), Alias (seasons 1-5), The Americans (seasons 1-6), Scandal (seasons 1-7), Grown-Ish (seasons 1-6), The Killing (seasons 1-4), Abbott Elementary (seasons 1-2), Star (seasons 1-3), and Empire (seasons 1-6).

This development reflects a growing trend of studios becoming more open to licensing their content to third parties. In the past, companies like Disney and Warner Bros. were hesitant to share their flagship shows. However, with streaming giants like Netflix and Hulu facing financial considerations, they have begun exploring additional revenue sources beyond subscriptions. Amazon was the first major streaming service to embrace third-party licensing, notably through its newly established Amazon MGM Studios Distribution. By taking this step, Amazon has become the first platform to make significant progress towards syndication, with Disney following suit.

"We’re so pleased to have agreed to such an extensive content deal with Disney, ranging from their most iconic series and fresh hits. We look forward to our viewers being able to binge series after series on Channel 4," said Nick Lee, the Head of Acquisitions for Channel 4.

Disney's Streaming Deal is Just the Latest in a Growing Trend

The UK broadcaster has been offering an on-demand streaming service for several years. Initially known as 4oD until 2015, it was later rebranded as All4. In the past year, it underwent another rebranding and is now referred to as Channel 4. This rebranding aims to assist viewers in navigating the wide range of content available and locating their favorite Channel 4 shows, as stated by Channel 4 in a recent statement. This strategic move will enable the public-service broadcaster to establish a consistent online brand identity.

While 9 out of the 10 shows included in the deal are already accessible on Disney+ in the UK, they are typically restricted behind a paywall. The significance of this agreement lies in the fact that Channel 4's online streaming service offers these shows completely free of charge.

With the addition of beloved classics and thrilling new Disney series, the total content provided through this deal amounts to over 1,000 hours. All of this content will be available for streaming at no cost on Channel 4 by the end of July.

Source: Deadline

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